You know how great inventions seem so simple once someone has invented it? Here is a perfect example: Most modern homes, or renovated older ones, end up with recessed can lighting all over the place. It's cheap, it does the job and it's inoffensive. But it also has no style and looks like you cheaped out on the decor, or couldn't make a decision. On top of that, while it's inexpensive to install, taking them out has always required an electrician, a plaster guy, and then repainting.
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Now, if you've been following along, you'll know about saving money on your electric bill by replacing incandescent bulbs with CFLs and the new LED bulbs just hitting shelves. Today, I'm going to tell you how swapping your old lights for LED Christmas lights can save you money three ways.
I know it's early yet to be thinking about holiday decorations, but the whole inspiration for this blog today is a program that Home Depot is only running for a limited time. From now until 11/14, you can trade-in old-style Christmas lights and get $3 off a string of new, energy efficient, LED lights.
Update 11/18 - See the bottom of the page for Sears and Kmart light recycling deals.
As the days shorten and temperatures drop, our utility bills are
going to begin to climb. A few small changes can reduce the amount
of energy you use. Here are some tips to help you decrease your
energy consumption and save money on your utility bills.
Put on a sweater and lower you thermostat. Set
your thermostat for between 65 - 68 degrees during the day and
lower it to 62 degrees while you sleep or are at work. If you have
a programmable thermostat, you can set it up now and not have to
worry about lowering and raising the temperature throughout the
Check the weather stripping around your doors and
windows. On a windy day, run your hand around the seams of
your windows and doors to see if you feel any drafts. If you do,
pick up weatherstripping at your local hardware store. You can find
self-adhesive weather stripping.
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Stepping into my kitchen is always fun, as I pass the pots of green filled with fragrant smells and beautiful leaves ready to be plucked and added to soups, stews, breads or whatever else I take a fancy to.
Fresh herbs in the kitchen are a delight, and they are actually pretty easy to grow. With Spring arriving, many of you out there are wanting to get some gardening done. The sad truth is that most people will start to garden, and then end up failing because they take on too much right off the bat.
An easy way to start gardening is to just begin by growing some indoor herbs. Here are some of my favorite herbs to grow, that are also very easy to grow.
1. Pineapple Sage. This easy-to-grow sage plant smells of heavenly pineapple. It's perfect for soups, stews and Italian dishes, but I'm particularly a fan of just smelling its beautiful aroma on a daily basis.
2. Cilantro. This plant is so hearty, that it's pretty near impossible to kill. So if you have a thumb that is nowhere near a shade of green, then this should make you happy. Cilantro is great for when you're wanting to add a little bit of oomph to Mexican night.
As I write this blog post, Hurricane Irene is lashing the East Coast with heavy rain and winds of 105 mph. Irene has the potential to become a multibillion-dollar catastrophe. Six to nine foot waves have already been reported along the Carolina coast. This disaster is projected to affect 65 million people in the heavily populated region of DC, New York, Boston, Baltimore and Philadelphia.
New Yorkers, who have not seen a hurricane since Hurricane Gloria in 1985, are being asked to pack up and move elsewhere as the city could become flooded. The highest economic damage by a storm in the Northeastern U.S. was in 1938 in Long Island at $45,301,000,000.
Let's hope Hurricane Irene weakens and gets downgraded from a Category 2 storm.
What are some ways you can prepare for a hurricane and avoid disaster to you and your home?
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When I decide to de-clutter, t-shirts are always one of the items
that I donate the most. My husband's white undershirts, no
matter how I wash them, seem to get dingy in six months.
Instead of donating them all to our local Goodwill, I decided that
I would try to re-purpose them and make them into items I could use
around my house.
By MrsMoneyGuest Blogger
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